Ahimsa Yoga Studio

Yoga Teacher Training

teacher training

Apply online below. If we accept your application we will let you know and you can make your $500 non-refundable deposit to hold your space in the training.

Would you like to become a yoga teacher? 

Through the vessel of Ahimsa Yoga Studio’s 200hr. Yoga Alliance accredited Teacher Training program Kelly Merydith, Cassandra Justine, and an eclectic blend of yoga experts will take participants through an intentional experience.
Immerse yourself in yoga for 6 months. This training will impact your life in the best of ways. You will complete training feeling renewed, refreshed, and ready to share the gift of yoga in your om way.

Phase 1: Foundations Immersion with Kelly, Cass, and guest anatomy teacher, Olu

Thursday 5pm, August 17– Monday 12pm August 20, 2017
Location: El Regalo Farm, Galena, IL

During the Foundations Immersion students will learn fundamental postures, alignment, the history of yoga, philosophy including the 8-limb path, ethics, anatomy, meditation, pranayama, sanskrit, mantra, chanting, teaching techniques, and bhakti yoga.
Enjoy special experiences including a potluck, a morning hike, a rounding Yin & Restorative Practice, a Candle Meditation & Yoga Nidra, a Chakra Meditation & Sound Bath, and a Fire Ceremony.
View Immersion Agenda

Phase 2: Weekend Intensives with Kelly, Cass, and Guest Teachers

September 8, 2017 - January 28, 2018
10 weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm-7pm

Location: Ahimsa La Grange - 14 W. Burlington, La Grange, IL


  • Sept. 8-9, Sept. 23-24
  • Oct. 7-8, Oct. 21-22
  • Nov. 4-5, Nov. 18-19
  • Dec. 2-3, Dec. 16-17
  • Jan. 13-14, Jan. 27-28

Weekend Intensive Topics and Sample Schedule here.

Core Teachers: Kelly Merydith, Cassandra Justine, Chuck Merydith, Andrea Lissuzzo, Lauren Falasz, Caitlin Coan

Guest Teachers: Freya Smith, Rachel Sherron, Olu Oshinuga

Trainees must attend 3 Master Teacher Workshops. 1 more will be added soon.

Weekend Dates (mandatory workshops):

  • SAVE THE DATE - September 2nd and 3rd afternoons | Rich Logan
  • Saturday, October 28 1:30pm-3:30pm Oak Park | Dr. Avanti - Intro to Ayurveda
  • Friday November 10th 7:30pm-9pm Oak Park | Gabriel Halpern - Therapeutics
  • Saturday/Sunday November 11-12 1pm-4pm Oak Park | Gabriel Halpern - Therapeutics

These courses will be an additional fee. No more than $300 for all 3.

Phase 3: Apprentice & Teach

November 2017 – February 2018

Practice Teaching - 5 lessons/classes
Apprenticeship/s - two 5-week Apprenticeships or one 10-week Apprenticeship
Seva Classes - teach 2 seva classes
Thesis Project - You will have the entire teacher training to work on your Thesis Projects. Share a topic you are passionate about This will help you find your niche and become highly educated on a specific topic.
Closing Celebration Sunday, February 26 7:30-9pm


$2900 which INCLUDES your all-inclusive stay at El Regalo for the Immersion, discounted classes or membership at Ahimsa, your manual, all Weekend Intensives, and the ability to study with featured teachers involved in the Weekend Intensives. Includes $500 non-refundable deposit. 

Payment plans

we allow payment plans with an online credit card. 

Current Ahimsa workstudy receive an additional $300 off tuition.

Trainees have the option to purchase a 7 month unlimited yoga membership for $500 or 10 class packages for $100. Email us to sign up.

Additional Costs 

3 Master Teacher workshops (noted in Phase 2. No more than $300 for all 3).

Required Reading:

  • The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - Swami Satchidananda
  • Autobiography of a Yogi - Paramahansa Yogananda
  • The Language of Yoga - Nicolai Bachman
  • You Can Heal Your Life - Louise Hay.

Space is limited to 25 students.


Fill out the form below or call Cass (708) 369-3375 if you'd like to discuss the training.

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